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MIT Women’s Tennis Beats Smith, Babson

By Caroline Tien

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT women’s tennis team closed off the weekend with a well-fought battle (8-1) against Smith College last Saturday to continue their season with a 3-0 record.

Getting off to an early start, the team swept the top three doubles matches. Julie Koo ’03 and Larisa Egloff ’04 quickly established themselves as the more aggressive team in their match, downing their opponents 8-4. Despite some tough points, pair Shima Rayej ’04 and Jill Konowich ’06 won their match 8-5. On the neighboring court, Caroline Tien ’04 and Jaclyn Cichon ’05 used placement rather than sheer power to record an 8-4 victory. New doubles partners Jen Lee ’03 and Sarah Nelson ’06 lost a hard-fought match 8-1, while Ruby Pai ’04 and partner Alexis Desieno ’04 quickly won 8-3.

In singles, Koo played a long and focused match to win 6-7 (2 in the tie break), 6-1, 6-2. Rayej continued with her quick aggressive shots to win 6-0, 6-2. Despite winning the first set 6-1, Tien had to put it all together to narrowly win the second set 7-5. Going into the match with an injured shoulder, Egloff tried hard, but lost 6-0, 6-3. Veterans Cichon, Lee, Pai and Desieno also recorded victories, along with freshmen Konowich, Nelson and Desieno.

MIT defeats Babson

The day before, despite the unfavorable windy conditions, MIT defeated Babson College by a score of 6-3.

In the doubles matches, MIT ended up 2-1. Koo and Egloff used their aggressive serve/volley game to win 8-4. Rayej and Konowich played a tough match, but lost 8-1. Tien and Cichon, on the other hand, came through with a 8-4 victory despite a rough beginning.

In singles, Koo, Rayej, Konowich and Tien secured easy matches while Egloff had the long, grinder match. With her well-placed shots, Egloff won 6-4, 1-6, 10-6 (in the super tie breaker).

The team will be looking for another win as they travel to Clark University this Tuesday.